2012: Year in Sports


Dezirae Armijo breaks all-time mark for soccer career goals

Dezirae Armijo broke the New Mexico record for most career soccer goals by a high school female Aug. 27.
“That wasn’t the first thing in the back of my mind,” she said. “The first thing in my mind was whatever I can do to help our team win. It wasn’t about any record-breaking. I wasn’t really thinking about that. I was just thinking about how we can win.”
The record was previously held by St. Michael’s Jordan Miller for six years. She scored 173 career goals. As of Aug. 31, Armijo had notched 22 goals on the season in only five games for a career total of 178, and the Lady Warriors still had roughly 17 games left to play in the season. Achieving such a feat may not have always been at the top of her high school checklist, but Armijo has had an array of support ever since she began playing in the American Youth Soccer Organization when she was 5 or 6. She said her parents, grandparents and brothers have always pushed her and supported her, and along with club coach Stephanie Cappola and high school coach Mitch Carrejo, she’s had a network of believers.
At the time it would have been impossible to predict this type of record-setting career, but there was probably never any plausible reason to doubt that Armijo would find some sort of success in the sport. Even after she took a few years off from soccer during middle school, she was good enough to play varsity her eighth-grade year.
Armijo will head to Alamosa, Colo., next year to play for the Adams State Grizzlies. But she’ll always be a source of pride for Socorro, and not just on the field. She carries a 4.4 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. Armijo is a proverbial daughter to this community and people will likely remember her name and contributions for years to come.


Lady Warriors celebrate sixth state golf title win

The Socorro High Lady Warriors golf team officially wrapped up another impressive season May 24 by honoring their own at the 2012 banquet at the Socorro High School commons area.
Coming off of their sixth consecutive Class 1A-3A championship, head coach Margaret Stanley recognized her players for earning well-deserved team and individual accomplishments.
Junior Kristen Cline earned her second individual title as she shot a two-round total of 151 at the University of New Mexico golf course during state competition. Cline won the individual title as a freshman in 2010, and in addition to her 2012 individual trophy she won the District 4 (1A-3A) title, as well as posted first-place finishes at Grants and UNM. Cline has won four consecutive team championships as a Lady Warrior golfer.
Defending 2011 individual state champ and sophomore Shania Berger took second in state competition this year, shooting a two-round total of 158, just seven strokes behind Cline. Berger also took first-place honors at Deming, Santa Ana, the Seery Invitational and the Leroy Gooch Ruidoso Invite.
Senior Brittani Webb placed third in the 2012 district tournament, earning all-district honors and placing fifth in state competition for the second straight year. During her high school career, Webb has also earned the privilege of being a part of five consecutive state championship teams.
Freshman Mia Salome earned all-district honors as well, placing fourth at the district tournament and tying for ninth at the state tournament with an overall score of 180.
Also playing as part of the state team, junior Theresa Chavez received all-district honors and finished in a tie for 22nd place at the state tournament. She shot an overall score of 200.


Magdalena girls track and field has strong showing at state

The Magdalena girls track and field team utilized teamwork, and the boys relied on a heavy dose of John Woods to grab eighth- and ninth-place finishes, respectively, at the 2012 U.S. Bank State Track and Field Championship.
On the blistering day of May 12 at the University of New Mexico Track-Soccer Complex in Albuquerque, the girls were powered by strong showings in both field and track events.
Freshman Abigail Bullock placed second in the girls triple jump with a 32-6 3/4 effort, and senior Kameron Armstrong cleared 8-06 in the girls pole vault, also good enough for second place.
Senior Keanda Chavez contributed with a sixth-place finish in the girls discus throw, as well as an eighth-place finish in the shot put, while sophomore Kadie Kiehne placed seventh in the girls long jump with an effort of 14-06.
In the girls 4×200 meter relay, the Steers team, comprising juniors Aubriana Zamora, Armstrong and Kadie Kiehne and senior Maxie Kiehne, sprinted to a fourth-place finish with a time of 1 minute, 53.4 seconds, just two seconds off the pace of race winner Texico.
In the final girls event of the competition, Magdalena’s 4×400 meter relay team of Keihne, Armstrong, Keihne and Bullock dug deep as they dashed their way to another fourth-place medal, edging out Navajo Prep by a little more than half of a second.
This year’s version of the Magdalena girls track and field team was a marked improvement from the 2011 team, which finished in a tie for 18th overall and managed just nine points.
The boys team also proved it was headed in the right direction as it improved on a 15th-place team finish last year by jumping up six spots to finish ninth.
Most of that was due to Woods’ outstanding afternoon.
The senior defended his title as the Class 2A 110-meter hurdling champion with a time of 15.27, knocking off more than a second from his time at the 2011 state meet.
Woods wasn’t finished though, and he concluded his time as a member of the Magdalena track and field team by earning another first-place medal, this one coming in the 300-meter hurdles. Woods edged second-place winner Kenny Evans of Lordsburg by 18 hundredths of a second with a time of 40.30.
The 300 meter hurdles is a race that Woods didn’t even qualify to run in during the 2011 preliminary race, and he improved his time from last year by more than five seconds.
The boys team also received points from senior Daniel Hand, who placed fifth in the 400-meter dash; freshman Barak Stephens, who tied for 10th place in the triple jump; and senior Quanshai Apachito, who placed 12th in the discus throw.